November 22nd marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. With this milestone anniversary comes a dizzying amount of books chronicling not only the assassination but also his life and presidency. I have put together a list of recommended reading from the vast array of new books:
Authors, politicians, cultural icons and citizens who watched the coverage of the assassination talk about how lives and history were changed that fatal day in November 1963. This is the accompanying volume to the Tom Brokaw NBC documentary.
This is a reprint of a 2007 book formerly titled Four Days in November. It was made into a motion picture slated for DVD release on Nov. 5, 2013.
100 interviews with JFK’s nearest and dearest , this book avoids the conspiracy-theory hot buttons and provides a quality anecdotal recitation of events.
This book covers the JFK presidency and how it shaped the last 50 years.
LIFE Magazine produces a compilation of their magazine coverage of the assassination
A collection of letters between JFK, some never before published, and Harry Truman, John Kerry, John Wayne, Martin Luther King Jr. and others
A detailed account of the politics of the Kennedy administration.
An expose of the marriage of John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy.
Secret Service agent Clint Hill narrates the drama of the assassination as depicted in over 150 photos from the time period.
The Kennedy and Reagan presidencies were very different but had a similar impact on American history. Farris examines how the two presidents differed and relates how their legacies still matter today.